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I'm Brad Nicholson. I've been around, but Destructoid is where my dawgs at. You can see my work here, at MTV, at Giant Bomb or other great places around the Internet. I also run a podcast called The Electric Hydra and work out a lot in my spare time. Yeah. I keep busy.
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Words -- and in this case, a quote -- need to be snipped to salvage tone or keep an article to what I would consider readable length. In my "Bring Down the Sky" article there was one particular quote that I couldn’t share with you. The contextual stuff would have crippled the piece or, at the very least, killed the pacing.

The snipped bits has bothered me since the article was published, so I've decided to give you the information -- which I have deemed cool -- in this sidebar C-blog post.

Remember when FOX News went nuts on gaming and Mass Effect for having three mild romance scenes? In 2008, FOX aired a segment called "Se'Xbox? New Video Game Shows Full Digital Nudity and Sex." Cooper Lawrence and crew argued that the game should have an AO rating based on the misunderstanding of what sexual content is shown in Mass Effect. (Just a little side butt, guys; settle down.) Poor Geoff Keighley did his best when confronted by these guys in the ludicrous segment, but the fancy B-roll editing of game footage and catchy lines tossed by Lawrence’s debaters -- "Who can argue," one dude said "possibly, that Luke Skywalker meets Debbie Does Dallas is a good thing. It's not. And I'm definitely not going to let Mass Effect in my house" -- ultimately won the day.

BioWare responds to the debacle in "Bring Down the Sky." A pirate radio station sits on top of a mountain next to the first fusion torch building. If you activate the panel inside the station twice (only in the PC version) a small message will play. Technical director Christina Norman explains it best: "The pirate radio station on the PC version of 'Bring Down the Sky' does mention someone who claims the music the station is playing is causing young engineers to 'riot and sleep with aliens,' but it’s then revealed the person complaining hasn't listened to the music.”

Norman wouldn’t confirm or deny that it was a jab at FOX News or whoever decided to pick up the "Mass Effect needs an AO" story after the scandalous coverage of the game.

So, yeah, it would have been rough to work that in with the narrative of my piece. I’m sure the majority of you knew that easter egg existed, but I thought it was great to have someone from BioWare comment. An odd weight has been lifted from my chest. And speaking of weights, I have some work to do.

Have a great weekend, guys.

[Source for Mass Effect drama because I'm forgetful -- Ars Technica]








Nick Chester cheats, wins against Brad Nicholson in SF IV

April 30th, 2009 -- Brad Nicholson PR Company

Late this afternoon, Street Fighter IV World Champion Brad Nicholson (using Zangief) was defeated by Destructoid dot com's Editor-in-Chief Nick Chester (using Ken) in two separate, three-round matches. Unfortunately, Chester didnt manage to beat Nicholson fairly. Destructoid's daddy used a variety of cheap tactics, hacks, and exploits to take down the worlds greatest Street Fighter IV player.

In the first round of the first match, Chester told Nicholson to stop play so he could answer his door. When Nicholson looked away from the screen, Chester attacked him several times, putting his health near zero. Although frustrated and dismayed, Nicholson tried to mount a comeback. He would ultimately lose the round.

During the second round of the first match, Chester modem glitched -- tapped the "Standby" button on his modem -- in order to slow Nicholson down and gain the upper hand. He succeeded.

In the second match, Chester decided to taunt Nicholson by calling him dirty names and proceeded to use a Gameshark to change his character, Ken, into Godzilla. Nicholsons Zangief couldnt Lariat or bear hug the towering lizard. Nicholson lost both rounds.

"I'm mildly disappointed with how it went down," Brad Nicholson said. "I was really expecting some decently competitive matches. Obviously, Nick [Chester] knew I would win and resorted to poor tactics."

"Im the greatest Street Fighter IV player ever," Nicholson added. "I've never lost a match fair and square."

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He's the greatest Street Fighter IV player of all time. He also hates it when he loses at Street Fighter IV and has a serious problem admitting that it happened.














While I was digging through my files today I found a historiographic essay I wrote early in my academic career. It was one of my flashier works as a historian. Notice the liberty I took with the introduction. At the time, my professors thought I was insane. Now, they see the method to my madness. Anyway, I thought it would be cute to present you with a short chronology of the way the history of Abraham Lincoln was written by a once freshman: (Note, the footnote indications probably don't work)

[Edit: Damn, this is totally a draft. I found the other one. It's not much different though, just much cleaner and better transitions. As I had fixed in the final, it's Joshua Speed who was rumored to be Lincoln's best friend. Not John.]

"Come in the room, Abraham. Its too damn cold out there in the storeroom. The brazier is blazing in here." called John Speed while lying comfortably in his duck-feathered bed.

The fire licked the top of the masonry bricks, illuminating the room intermittently as the gas in the wood released with sudden crackles and pops. It was a cold night in Springfield, Illinois in his father's shop. Thankfully, he possessed the makings of a real room. Most in the trader town had shanties and less space in their entire house than his apartment. He was a lucky and warm man.

Abraham was staring at the ceiling with his arms crossed behind his head. The floor was hard and uncomfortable. The young Abraham Lincoln, who would eventually be the sixteenth president of the United States of America, could only ponder one thing thus far this night and that was how bad his back hurt. His long frame was not suited for planks, he decided in that instant, as he gathered up his blanket and started moving toward Speeds room. "You are right, Jonathon" Lincoln said in his Midwestern draw, "I'm coming in there to enjoy your fire."

Jonathon sat up in bed, his heart suddenly pounding, blood coursing through his ears. "What the hell is wrong with me," he thinks as his breath catches in his throat. He hears Lincolns footsteps closer to the door. "Youll need to take your shoes off if youre coming in here, Lincoln. I don't want any of that dirt from the road messing up my room."

"Your roof, your rule, Mr. Speed," says Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln took long strides across the bedroom to the best place to remove his boots from his weary feet, the bed. As he sat down, he caught Jonathon staring at him fiercely. Lincoln turned his head quickly away and removed one boot. Out of the corner of his eye he still noticed the glare. With one boot in hand, and a strong, firm hand on his knee, Lincoln said, "You cant tell anyone about this. It never happened."

Jonathon placed his hand over Lincoln's and said, "Abraham, I dont know what to do I cant quit you."

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Mr. Lincoln, you are the most conscientious man I ever saw, said the prostitute when Abraham Lincoln neglected her services because he was short two dollars. The prostitute in Springfield was willing to credit Lincoln the two dollars, but the man who later became known as Honest Abe did not want to take the chance that he would not honor his word.

Despite his seedy beginnings, Abraham Lincoln grew up to become the sixteenth president of the United States. (1861) His early years were marked with economic strife as his family migrated from farm to farm in both Illinois and Indiana. When asked about his early life by a campaign journalist, Lincoln simply replied, it is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of me or my early lifeit can all be condensed into a simple sentencethe short and simple annals of the poor.

Eventually, Abraham Lincoln hit his stride as a lawyer and began seeking political positions. As president, he led the Union during the American Civil War, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), freeing all slaves in the United States. In 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot him in the back of the head, ending his life while still in his second term as president.

Abraham Lincoln is nothing less than an American iconic figure, and has been covered profusely by American historians. Abraham Lincoln left a horde of information after his passing, including personal letters that has led to numerous interpretations of both his personal and political life. Historians have taken many different historical stances on Lincoln since his death in their attempts to define the man and his life. The main interpretations this essay will focus on are from around the last one hundred years of history writing about Lincoln. The history topics covered are consensus, progressive, psychological, and sociological history.

In 1893, John T. Morse wrote a two volume biography on Abraham Lincoln entitled Abraham Lincoln. In Abraham Lincoln, Morse focuses mainly on Lincolns childhood and humble beginnings. He narrates the abysmal surroundings that Lincoln lived in and tries to relate that to his thought patterns. It was written in a consensus style, as Morse does not elaborate on the flaws of Lincoln, nor his political failings. It glorifies his conscientious views of how slaves were treated, his relationship with cabinet members, and his attitude.
Six years after Morses biographical record, Norman Hapgood wrote another, albeit smaller, biography on Lincoln entitled again, Abraham Lincoln. A bit ahead of its time, but still consensus, Hapgoods biography was an attempt to capture the personality of Lincoln opposed to telling the drama of his entire life. Hapgood spends the majority of his story-telling dictating Lincolns life as a lawyer. He focuses on the decision-making practices and apparently never says a cross word about it.

A female historian, Rose Strunksy, tried to tackle Abraham Lincoln in 1914 with her biography of Lincoln aptly named Abraham Lincoln. She states at the beginning of her biography that she has not tried to find an unopened letter of an unpublished anecdote. Strunksy, through her own admittance, is attempting to nail down a new historical perspective on Abraham Lincolns life. In the end, while she may have tried to convey a female perspective on Lincolns life, she failed to gain acceptance with her peers because of her numerous citation errors.

In 1926, a more progressive biography of Abraham Lincoln appeared. Abraham Lincoln The Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg was written with the idea that by elaborating and exploring Lincolns early life, one could perhaps glean the decisions and personality of Lincoln as an American president. The Prairie Years is a narrative-driven story of Lincoln as a boy and the relationships that he develops. The most compelling aspect of the book that is revisited and hotly debated by future historians is the quote in which Sandburg relates Lincolns relationship to Joshua Speed, [Speed has] a streak of lavender, and spots soft as May violets. Sandburg additionally mentions several times throughout the work that Speed and Lincoln slept in the same room. Although interesting for its time, it was also seen as a work without real merit. American historians saw many errors and made sure to make that plain.

In 1952, Benjamin P. Thomas, another progressive historian, tried his hand at Abraham Lincoln with his book entitled, Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. Unlike Sandburg, Thomas attempted to write a biography that stretched Lincolns entire life. Thomas promoted Abraham Lincoln and his ideals, but also illuminated some of the failures in Lincolns life. Also, the men who presented conflict in Lincolns life were not portrayed as evil men. Overall, Thomas wrote a biography that presents Lincoln as a flawed, but still glorious man.

Since World War II, historians have sought differing accounts of history via other sciences. In 1980, George Forgie wrote Patricide in the House Divided: A Psychological Interpretation of Lincoln and His Age. Unlike the historians of the past, Forgie sought to find a psychological reason for Lincolns decisions during the Civil War. Forgie maintains that Lincoln suffered from an Oedipus complex and only found solace in George Washington. Yet, he was jealous of that immortality and therefore tried to capture for himself, which may explain why he decided to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Also, Forgie insists the reason why Lincoln became so embattled during the Civil War was because his complex disrupted his psyche. He wanted the Civil War to end in order to metaphorically end the war in his head. This kind of rhetoric is typical for a psychological approach, and although odd, adds a new dimension to the Lincoln character.

Another psychological evaluation of Lincoln was presented with Charles B. Stroziers Lincolns Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings. Strozier evaluates Lincoln based on Heinz Kohuts theory of maturing self. Strozier focuses on Mary Todd and Abraham Lincolns affection for her. He surmises that Lincoln was depressed because of her untimely passing, which may have shaped his mentality as an individual more than his political experience. Eventually, Strozier delves into what composed Lincolns ego and his sense of commonality with the citizen. According to Strozier, Lincolns ability to associate himself with the people is what may have led his thinking on the several social issues he dealt with. Overall, Stroziers book supports what psychologists try to do when they write history: psychoanalyze.

In the 1990s, the sociological perspective began to invade the history scene. In 1991, Barry Schwartz wrote an article titled Iconography and Collective Memory: Lincolns Image in the American Mind in an attempt to frame Lincoln within a pre-World War I group mentality. He ascertains that there was a struggle between the agents of history writing in terms of the glorification of Lincolns character, and ultimately it was the consumers of history that decided the debate because of readiness to both promote and reject different notions of Abraham Lincoln. The author goes so far as to say that new information, or analysis of Lincoln that is radically different, cannot come to fruition due to this mentality or structure-centered conception of older, collective notions of Lincoln.

In 1994, Merril D. Peterson wrote a book entitled Lincoln in American Memory, which takes a different approach to what Scwartz tried to convey in his book. Peterson finds five essential themes in the history of Lincoln that remain central to Americans conception of themselves, and he then explores those themes to explain how Americans admire and remember Abraham Lincoln. In his analysis of these themes Peterson also provides insight into the way Lincolns image is utilized within that construct. Essentially, he argues that the iconic stature of Lincoln is so embedded in the American consciousness that anyone who mentions it (particularly public speakers) can utilize the symbol of Lincoln as a tool to promote national pride and humanism. Peterson also tries to tackle the historiography of Lincoln in terms of the group mentality as well.

Abraham Lincoln is still an iconic figure in American history. The wealth of knowledge and published materials about him have allowed historians to write amazing amounts about his life and untimely death. Initially there was an emphasis on the glorification of Lincoln with little narrative quality. This allowed early consensus authors breathing room so fresh after his death. Later, progressive authors tried to define Lincoln as a man with actual problems and frailties. Much later, psychologists went further, trying to get inside Lincolns thoughts and explain his behaviors. Eventually, sociologists tackled the perspective that readers have of Lincoln and the reasons he is remembered in glowing terms. The story of Abraham Lincoln is far from being told completely, and as time and focus changes, so will the history.

Endnotes

Prostitute quoted in Richard N. Current The Lincoln Nobody Knows (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958), 35.
Lincoln quoted in Angle and Miers The Living Lincoln (New Brunswick N.J.:Rutgers University Press, 1955) 33.
John T. Morse Abraham Lincoln (Boston and New York:Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1893)
Norman Hapgood Abraham Lincoln (NewYork:The Macmillian Co., 1899)
Unknown Authors quote in Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln by Norman Hapgood Harvard Law Review 13:4 (1899) 317-318.
Rose Strunksy Abraham Lincoln (New York: The Macmillian Co., 1914)
Quoted by Strunksy in C.M.T. Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln by Rose Strunksy. The Mississippi Review 1:4 (1915) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)
Carl Sandburg Abraham Lincoln the Prairie Years (New York:Blue Ribbons Books, 1926)
Omitted in the abridged version of The Prairie Years I possess.
M.M. Quaife Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln the Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg The Mississippi Valley Historical Review 13:2 (1926) JSTOR. (12/04/2008) and William E. Barton Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln the Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg The American Historical Review 31:4 (1926) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)
Benjamin P. Thomas Abraham Lincoln: A Biography (New York:Alfred A. Knopf, 1952)
Paraphrased poorly from Brainerd Dyer Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Benjamin P. Thomas American Historical Review 58:4 (1953) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)
George B. Forgie Patricide in the House Divided: A Psychological Interpretation of Lincoln and His Age (New York: W.W. Norton, 1979)
Yes, actually stated in Richard N. Current Untitled Review of Patricide in the House Divided: A Psychological Interpretation of Lincoln and His Age by George B. Forgie The Journal of Southern History 46:3 (1980) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)
Charles B. Strozier Lincolns Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings (New York:Basic Books, 1982)
Bertram Wyatt-Brown Untitled Review of Lincolns Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings by Charles B. Strozier The American Historical Review 88:4 (1983) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)
Barry Schwartz Iconography and Collective Memory: Lincolns Image in the American Mind The Sociological Quarterly 32:3 (1991) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)
Quoted from Schwartz Iconography and Collective Memory
Merril D. Peterson Lincoln in American Memory (New York:Oxford University Press, 1994)
Quoted from David Glassberg Untitled Review of Lincoln in American Memory by Merril D. Peterson The American Historical Review 99:4 (1994) JSTOR (12/04/2008)

Bibliography

Angle and Miers The Living Lincoln (New Brunswick N.J.:Rutgers University Press, 1955) 33.

Bancroft, Frederic Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln by John T. Morse. Political Science Quarterly 9:1 (1894):131-133. JSTOR. (12/04/2008)

Barton, William E. Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln the Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg The American Historical Review 31:4 (1926) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)

C.M.T. Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln by Rose Strunksy. The Mississippi Review 1:4 (1915) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)

Current, Richard N. The Lincoln Nobody Knows (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958), 35.

Current, Richard N. Untitled Review of Patricide in the House Divided: A Psychological Interpretation of Lincoln and His Age by George B. Forgie The Journal of Southern History 46:3 (1980) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)

Forgie , George B. Patricide in the House Divided: A Psychological Interpretation of Lincoln and His Age (New York: W.W. Norton, 1979)

Glassberg, David Untitled Review of Lincoln in American Memory by Merril D. Peterson The American Historical Review 99:4 (1994) JSTOR (12/04/2008)

Hapgood, Norman Abraham Lincoln (NewYork:The Macmillian Co., 1899)

James, J.A. Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln by John T. Morse. Amerian Academy of Political and Social Sciences 4 (1894):136-137. JSTOR. (12/04/2008)

Morse, John T. Abraham Lincoln (Boston and New York:Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1893)

Peterson D. Meril Lincoln in American Memory (New York:Oxford University Press, 1994)

Quaife, M.M. Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln the Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg The Mississippi Valley Historical Review 13:2 (1926) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)

Sandburg, Carl Abraham Lincoln the Prairie Years (New York:Blue Ribbons Books, 1926)

Schwartz, Barry Iconography and Collective Memory: Lincolns Image in the American Mind The Sociological Quarterly 32:3 (1991) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)

Strozier, Charles B. Lincolns Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings (New York:Basic Books, 1982)

Strunksy, Rose Abraham Lincoln (New York: The Macmillian Co., 1914)

Thomas, Benjamin P. Abraham Lincoln: A Biography (New York:Alfred A. Knopf, 1952)

Unknown Author Untitled Review of Abraham Lincoln by Norman Hapgood Harvard Law Review 13:4 (1899) 317-318.

Wyatt-Brown, Bertram Untitled Review of Lincolns Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings by Charles B. Strozier The American Historical Review 88:4 (1983) JSTOR. (12/04/2008)










Hey guys, is anyone up for some crazy Resistance 2 action today? Im currently digging into the multiplayer components for review and Im looking for a couple of cool dudes (or ladies) to help me out. I want to get in a ton of cooperative play today, then bury into the competitive stuff tonight.

If youre interested, youll need three of the following four criteria checked.

______ Has a microphone and enjoys screaming I need ammo on a consistent basis.

______ Likes to kill Chimera with guns.

______ Enjoys sand

______ Likes to work in a group

If you didnt fulfill the above criteria, its okay I still need you. Im a lonely PSN man and my few friends apparently didnt buy Resistance 2. My PSN ID is: HateMach1ne

Throw me an invite whenever, but Im looking to play cooperative RIGHT NOW.
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That’s right, ladies and gents. This Thursday (October 9th) I’ll be traveling to the very scenic Indiana University campus to give a guest lecture for the very same media class that spawned GameZombie. You may remember those folks from a previous post of mine (if not check it out).

I’ll probably be there over a few days, so if there’s any Bloomington D’toiders want my autograph, feel free to comment. I’m not sure how many people in Indiana actually have the Internet or go to college so I thought I would toss this up here and check. If you’re really crazy and you’ll be in the area go ahead and check me out. I’ll have better details closer to the date.

Also, it will be videotaped. I promise not to disappoint.
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